Inspiration

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Feb 21 08:40:56 EST 2001


As defined by the theological traditions that I am familiar with, it 
means "God-breathed," i.e. not just "momentous" or "uplifting" or 
some such as Raymond seems to suggest, but actually has its 
origin in an act of God.  The word Paul uses is "theopneustos" 
which means "breathed out by God" and Peter (discussions of 
authorship are out of the scope of this list, incidentally) says 
"carried along by the Holy Spirit."  This is where the precise 
meaning of "inspired" comes from, and as I recall, didn't early 
Rabbis and other teachers suggest the same thing or something 
similar for the HB?

> What is the precise meaning of inspired?
> I was trying to explain it to my class yesterday.
> It's a Greek concept, isn't it, you're inspired by the Muses?
> You breathe in something.
> liz
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Samuel Payne [mailto:sam at sampayne.worldonline.co.uk]
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 2:22 AM
> > To: Biblical Hebrew
> > Subject: Re: Written by Women.???
> >
> >
> > From: "Christine Bass" <christinebass at home.com>
> >
> > > A clarification is in order.
> > >
> > > My post was a satirical response---to the statement that Biblical
> > > scholarship begins with the belief that the scriptures were written by
> > men.
> > > This comes under the heading, in my mind anyway, of "biblical
> > > mythology"----the idea that men conceived and wrote scripture.
> > >
> > > As I interpret the scriptures to say, they are inspired by
> > God----and were
> > > written down by men.
> > > Which is a bit of a different take on the subject. No?
> >
> > Can I believe my own eyes?!! "Written down by MEN"?? - and from you!
> >
> > Incidentally, as a further clarification, would you say the same for ALL
> > scriptures, oracles etc. - or only the Judaeo-Christian ones?
> > Your reference
> > to 2 Peter is in some ways a little unfortunate. Almost all
> > scholars outside
> > of the totally fundamentalist camp agree that 2 Peter is not by
> > the disciple
> > Peter, both because of its clear literary dependence on the
> > Letter of Jude,
> > and the completely Hellenistic outlook of the author. That it claims to be
> > by Peter while at the same time talking about prophetic
> > inspiration does not
> > inspire confidence  in the standpoint. "Inspiration" anyway is a very
> > elastic word. Even secular poets are often described as
> > "inspired", but from
> > the way you express yourself, I take it you mean it as a synonym for
> > "inerrant".
> >
> > >From the very uninspired
> >
> > Samuel
> >
> >
> >
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Dave Washburn
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